Project

Posted on:

Lakefront Kiosk Proposal

TRU Architekten

Shared By

Sara Johnson, Hanley Wood Media


Project Name

Lakefront Kiosk Proposal

Project Status

Concept Proposal


Team

  • Henning von Wedemeyer


Type

Cultural

View all (4) images

This project was a finalist in the Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Kiosk Competition.

Project Description

FROM THE ARCHITECTS:

Project Abstract

The Lakefront Kiosk is a unique architecture made of simple structural elements. A translucent free-span roof rests on two structures, which house the kiosk and a storage space. The entire construction is built of ordinary squared timber battens, which are recycled through the process of building.

The main space of the kiosk is the roofed terrace, which allows for various types of use. The kiosk can transform into a bar, a cinema, or a space for lectures and discussions. When the kiosk is closed, the terrace provides a sheltered space open to the public.

The Lakefront Kiosk is a low-cost building that shows the constructive potential and the beauty of timber constructions. Beyond that, it is an example of material-saving and ecologically worthwhile building methods.

Written Description

The Lakefront Kiosk is a unique architecture made of the most simple structural elements. A translucent free-span roof rests on two massive structures, which house the kiosk and a storage space. The entire construction is built of ordinary squared timber battens, with offcuts being recycled in the building process.

a. Terrace

The main space of the kiosk is the roofed terrace, which allows for various types of use. The kiosk can transform into a bar, a cinema, or a space for lectures and discussions. When the kiosk is closed, the terrace provides a sheltered space open to the public.

b. Roof

The cubic roof is constructed of wood lattice trusses spanned by rafters beneath. The roof is covered with a truck tarpaulin, made of translucent fabric-reinforced PVC (1.7 pounds/square meter) that is tied to the trusses.

The roof gives various opportunities for lighting. Illuminated with spotlights from the inside, the roof appears as a big color-changing light cube. Pendant lights give the opportunity to create intimate atmospheres on the inside. The truss grid and membrane can also be used for illumination by placing small spotlights in the inner truss fields and operating them as a low-resolution display for announcements toward the city in 5-bit by 3-bit type.

c. Kiosk and Storage Room

The walls of the kiosk and storage room are constructed of timber battens of various lengths, which are nailed up to a wall. Offcuts of the lattice truss production as well as any recycled timber of similar dimensions are used to build the walls. The wall surfaces are rough and of changing wood tones. The terrace cladding and all furniture are built in an analogous manner. Wooden sliding panels close the kiosk counter when not in use. Synthetic curtains can enclose the terrace along the lattice trusses for weather protection. When not used, the curtains are kept in the storage room. Stackable seats and tables are also stored in the storage room when not used on the terrace.

d. Sustainability

The Lakefront Kiosk is a low-cost building that shows the constructive potential and the beauty of timber constructions. Beyond that, the kiosk is an example of material-saving and ecologically worthwhile building methods. The Lakefront Kiosk stores at least 70,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. All construction parts can be recycled residue-free.

e. Build-Up

The build-up of the Lakefront Kiosk is done in a single day. All construction elements (lattice trusses, kiosk box, storage box, terrace elements) are prefabricated and delivered to the site on two low-loading trucks. Assembly is completed with the support of a mobile crane.

f. Donation

Because it showcases the capability of timber constructions, the design of the Lakefront Kiosk should compel the wood industry to support the project by donating materials.

Advertisement
Add a Project
Publish Your Projects Show off and upload images, text, and video of your work. We pick the very best for our project newsletters. Upload

Join the Discussion

Please read our Content Guidelines before posting

Close X